Closing the Gender Gap

Understanding How Males and Females Learn Differently​

Course#: EDDU 9136

Credit: 3 semester hours of Graduate credit from Brandman University

Cost: $400

Gender Gap - LoVerde Group

Course Description

By almost every statistical measurement in schools, there is a significant discrepancy between male and female populations. Whether you are looking at test scores, GPA’s, attendance, graduation rates, discipline referrals, suspensions or expulsions, the number of males versus females is troubling. In this class we will have participants take a 3-step approach to addressing this problem.

The first step will be to look at the physiology of males versus females. The focus will be on how the brain of each gender works differently. While there are many similarities and the functioning of each brain is unique to that individual, there exists differences in the strengths and weaknesses of male versus female brains as well how each processes various stimulations. Participants will gather data in this step to determine how their classroom population is consistent or inconsistent with the data of the general school populations.

The second step is for the participants to reflect upon the enculturation process related to males and females roles and expectations that exist with their community, school and classroom. They will look at the messages each gender is receiving both consciously and unconsciously related to how they should behave from each of the three influences. They will site specific examples for each influence and how that influence manifests itself into specific behavior.

The final step is the identification of three specific actions they can take to address the problem. They will be required to provide specific criteria for each action so they can truly evaluate its effectiveness in dealing with the problem. They will provide specific information related to the creation, implementation and evaluation of each action.

It is only by acknowledging, understanding and addressing this issue that we can close the gender gap that exists today in education.


This course consists of 4 modules. Each module has a PowerPoint presentation that you will watch and then complete the accompanying worksheets.

You can choose to have each module sent to you as you complete it, or we can send you all of the modules at the same time.

You will have up to 6 months to complete the class. Credit for the class can’t be granted sooner than one month after registering even if you complete all the modules before that time.

Once you have completed the class, you will receive an email from Brandman University with your student account. It will have a login and password for you to be able to access your grades and request a transcript.

If you have any questions or concerns as you view the PowerPoints and complete the written work, please contact Emily LoVerde Berchier at:

Phone: (505) 333-9609

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